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Case Studies on Educational Administration



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This book immerses prospective administrators in the realities of practice and decision-making through the use of a wide range of open-ended case studies. Effective practice in school administration involves making decisions about school management and reform, including issues such as state deregulation, district decentralization, and school restructuring. Leaders need to think beyond management and consider how to affect school culture, professional development, and changing populations. The cases in this book will help leaders address those issues by sharpening three key skills: (1) How to identify and solve problems; (2) How to develop and evaluate alternative solutions; (3) How to continuously refine professional knowledge. New To This Edition: bull; bull;Worksheets are now provided for each case to allow instructors greater flexibility for use. bull;More emphasis on entry-level positions (assistant principal and principal) provides a broader perspective on school leadership. bull;New cases for institutions, such as vocational schools and alternative schools, have been added to reflect the options that are available today with school choice. bull;The cases have been thoroughly revised and updated to cover a range of current problems in practice so that new administrators will recognize the situations and understand how decisions can be applied. bull;A new case dealing with No Child Left Behind Legislation has been added to illustrate current federal legislation. Related Titles: Contemporary School Administration: An Introduction, 2/e Theodore J. Kowalski ISBN# 0-205-34792-4 Ethics for Educational Leaders, 1/e Weldon Beckner ISBN# 0-205-36091-2 Better Policies, Better Schools: Theories and Applications, 1/e Bruce S. Cooper Lance D. Fusarelli E. Vance Randall ISBN# 0-205-32152-6 Re-visioning and Re-framing Education Politics, 1/e Catherine Marshall Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin ISBN# 0-205-37142-6 Executive Leadership for Effective Administration, 1/e M. Scott Norton ISBN# 0-205-38671-7

Table of Contents

Preface v
Matrix of Topics by Case Number vii
Introduction 1(11)
CASE 1 Another Federal Intrusion 12(6)
CASE 2 What Alternative School Concept Is Best? 18(7)
CASE 3 A Bully's Threat 25(8)
CASE 4 Lounge Talk 33(8)
CASE 5 Get Rid of the Sloppy Assistant Principal 41(9)
CASE 6 Let the Committee Decide 50(9)
CASE 7 A Principal Clashes with the Culture 59(7)
CASE 8 How about School-Based Management? 66(8)
CASE 9 Getting Back to Basics 74(9)
CASE 10 A Matter of Honor 83(11)
CASE 11 An Invisible Superintendent 94(9)
CASE 12 Captain Punishment 103(9)
CASE 13 An Ambitious Assistant Principal 112(6)
CASE 14 A One-Trick Principal 118(9)
CASE 15 A Maverick Board Member 127(7)
CASE 16 Excessive Punishment or Just Politics? 134(7)
CASE 17 The Passive Principal 141(8)
CASE 18 A Disillusioned Assistant Principal 149(7)
CASE 19 Dissention over the Vocational School 156(7)
CASE 20 In-School Suspension: An Effective Idea? 163(8)
CASE 21 Let's Not Rap 171(8)
CASE 22 Is the Devil Teaching Spelling? 179(8)
CASE 23 Decentralization and Inequality 187(12)
CASE 24 Who Creates the School's Vision? 199(7)
Case Worksheets 206(25)
Index 231

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